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. 2011] >> the u.s. house meets today at 2:00 eastern for general speeches. legislative work starts at 4:00. members will consider bills designating dentists and vetenarian as emergency responders and disasters. tomorrow the congress will hear from the australian prime minister in a joint meeting. we'll have a live coverage of that at 11:00 eastern. on wednesday members begin kuwait on eliminating mortgage relief. transportation secretary ray lahood is on capitol hill this afternoon. he's testifying before the senate transportation committee. about his department's 2012 budget request. c-span3 will have live coverage beginning at 2:30 eastern. >> the new way to get a concise review of the day's events it's "washington today" on c-span radio. every week day we'll take you to capitol hill, the white house, and anywhere news is happening. we'll also talk with the experts, the politician mrs., and -- politicians, and the journalists. the stories that matter to you the most every week day on c-span radio. can you listen in the washington-baltimore area at 90.1 f.m. and nationwide on xm slight
for live coverage of the u.s. house. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. march 14, 2011. i hereby appoint the honorable john campbell to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 5, 2011, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour, and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes each. but in no event shall debate continue beyond 1:50 p.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from south carolina, mr. duncan, for one minute. mr. duncan: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to speak on behalf of
force against yet another middle eastern country, this time it is oil rich libya. u.s. naval and air forces attacked libyan military installations across that country, wiping out air defenses, intelligence systems, tanks, and also apparently is now targeting that nation's ground forces. under what policy is the executive branch operating without a vote of congress and expending millions of defense dollars and state dollars on offensive action taken inside a nation that did nothing provocative toward the united states and in fact last year was even a recipient of u.s. foreign aid? the president's justification for this action was that it was not an act of war but rather humanitarian mission to prevent a catastrophe that would have result interested libya's military forces under the command of libyan president gaddafi from taking the civilian center. our president says he did not act alone. as french, british, canadian, and other western nato members participated in these attacks. the president informed congress that future operations will be handled by nato. who exactly decided all of
terrorist attacks on the united states all done by people other than afghans. outraged at continuing u.s. military occupation of predominantly muslim countries. that's not to justify what they do, but it is to clarify the condition that we have in afghanistan. for how long are we going to continue to dedicate hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives before we realize we can't win afghanistan militarily? at the end of the year, the administration and u.s. military leaders were touting peace talks to end the war with high level taliban leaders. these leaders turned out to be fake. a november, 2010 article in "the new york times" detailed joint u.s. an afghan negotiations with a man the u.s. claim was one of the most senior commanders in the taliban. according to "the new york times" the episode underscores the uncertain and even bizarre nature of the atmosphere in which afghan and american leaders search for ways to bring the war to an end. leaders of the taliban are believed to be hiding in pakistan, possibly with the assistance of the pakistani government, which receives bi
at no expense to the u.s. taxpayer. this bill, which passed the house by voice vote last congress, commemorates the creation of a unique form of service that creates peace through people-to-people diplomacy. it doesn't cost the taxpayers a single pennyism urge my congressional colleagues to honor america's commitment to peace by having swift passage of this timely legislation. today as we mark this significant milestone in america's history, i urge each of you to join me in honoring your constituents who have served in and are supporting the peace corps funding so that we can usher in the next generation of americans who want to serve this country. i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. murphy. mr. murphy: mr. speaker, currently u.s. families spend about $1 billion per day on imported oil. we import about 1.6 billion barrels from politically unstable nations with corresponding instability in prices. which influence our dollars, our economy, and sometimes our soldiers having to look at defending these areas. now,
, commander, u.s. forces afghanistan, stated, quote, i can understand the frustration. we have been at this for 10 years. we have spent an enormous amount of energy and money. we have sustained very tough losses and difficult, life-changing wounds. but i think it is important to remember why we are there, end quote. this is about our vital national security interests, mr. speaker. it is about doing what is necessary to ensure that al qaeda and other extremists cannot re-establish safe havens such as the ones they had in afghanistan when the 9/11 attacks were planned against our nation and our people. the enemy indeed is on the run. it is demoralized and divided. let us not give up now. let us not betray the sacrifices of our men and women serving in harm's way and they ask for nothing in return except our full support. dedicated servants such as my stepton and daughter-in-law lindsay, who served in iraq, and lindsay also served in afghanistan, dedicated servants such as matt and greg of our foreign affairs committee the majority staff who just returned from serving a year and we tha
of 2011. last month's "u.s.a."/gallup poll, 72% of americans favor congressional action this year to bring our troops home from afghanistan. this week, the rasmussen report finds that 52% of voters want our troops home from afghanistan this year. and to quote this poll, a majority of voters for the first time support an immediate withdrawal of all u.s. troops from afghanistan or the creation of a timetable to bring them all home within a year. 14 months ago i asked a retired military general to advise me on afghanistan. i have asked him for his thoughts, and i will read some of them to you. back in november i emailed this general and i said, what do you think about the possibilities of being in afghanistan for four more years? and, mr. speaker, i am going to read his quote. i do not believe that 40 more years would guarantee victory, whatever that is. the war is costing money and lives all in short supply. mr. speaker, there's a retired lieutenant colonel in jacksonville, north carolina, which is in my district. he served in the united states marine corps for 31 years. his name is dennis a
that they comply with the u.s. -- with the security council mandate. >> so are you just watching them as proof -- are you watching them? >> we are conducting a wide range of operations across libya. i will not talk about the specifics. certainly the 32nd brigade is always considered in the calculation on how we expand the no-fly zone and how we conduct operations in the future. >> can you give us your assessment as of now of the libyan air forces? how many fixed wing and helicopters have you destroyed and will you try to destroy as much capability as possible before you get to the point where you can get the no-fly zone where you want it? >> well, when we began this, my estimation is that his air force is not generally in good repair compared to what you would consider most world standards for air forces. he had a lot of equipment that was old, much of it was sitting parked in the runways and it could not be used. he was effectively employing a tactical air force, a helicopter air force i would say on the order of several dozen rather than large numbers. when we began the coalition strikes, on
at u.s. the. it is the fact what we proposed was broadening the base, simple phiing the code, eliminating or greatly reducing these tax expenditures. bring down rates, and using some money to truce deficit. we went to what's called a zero-based plan. and if you eliminate all these $1.1 trillion worth of tax expend chures. i call them ear marks. you-all have been so bold to get rid of the -- but we have $1.is trillion we're spending in the tax code. it's just spending by another name. but if you eliminated those, you could actually take rates from 8% and 14% up to 210,000 so . you can go to a territorial system that will bring those trillions of dollars back to the country that are captured overseas and bring them back over here. lastly, we do have to cut spending. and we have to cut spending wherever we find it. we can't just deal with domestic discretionary spending. you know, the democrats, as near as i can tell from reading a paper, are talking about the cut. and the republicans are talking about billions in cuts. i can account my budget 1.6% tonight. by tomorrow morning.
to the u.s. government $125 billion in the last two years of profits. of course i want to emphasize that was not the purpose of the interventions. >> we'll not do it again. >> we are not doing it again. but we have i think managed at least well enough that the taxpayer can feel that they have gotten at least in this respect they have gotten their money back. >> thank you. ranking member. mr. paul. chairman of the monetary policy subcommittee. >> thank you, mr. chairman. let me just say a word about the deficit. the spending and deficit was a concern of mine in the early 1970's because i foresaw that after the breakdown of the branton woods we would have endless spending, deficits, financial bubbles and we have had that. as to whether or not we have military cane seism -- keynesianism, we do. i reject that as well as domestic moln -- domestic monetary canes yism. -- keynesianism. congress is at fault. they spend too much money. congress at times will say the fed's at fault. the congress and the fed are symbiotic, they have a symbiotic relationship because the congress spends and they
say that anybody could come to the united states, all you have to do is sign up at the u.s. council in your u.s. embassy in your home country. and we'll send you, we'll give you a visa to come to the united states. we can say. that we could bring anybody in that wanted to come in. but why do we say no? because there's a limit. we have asked the question here in this congress and in previous congresses, asked and answered the question, first, how many are too many? and what kind of people do we want to encourage to come here and what kind of people do we want to discourage from coming here? these are the questions. we have all kinds of people involved in this debate that don't have the slightest idea how to begin to answer those questions. they just say, oh, my compassion compels me to be for open borders, my heart bleeds for people that aren't as fortunate as americans are so therefore i'm just going to be for turning a blind eye or granting amnesty so that i don't feel guilty that everybody can't live on the american dream like we all do. well, things have changed. things have chan
the board decreases of delinquencies in the u.s. moreover, loans over 30 days late are down. the short refinance option, which the republicans are trying to eliminate, we have begun to stabilize the housing market. these numbers could he inside with signs of recovery -- coinside with signs of recovery. mortgages worth more than their homes can refinance through a more affordable mortgage. this program allows lenders to write down at least 10% of the outstanding principal to bring payments down to affordable levels. according to core logic december of last year, more than 10% were underwater. we're no stranger to that in boulder county, colorado. this imposes hardships in our economy. we cannot risk another housing crisis and banking crisis by removing programs that help keep families in their home and keep the homes out of foreclosure. my friends on the other side of the aisle will argue that this program is fallen short of its original goals. i agree that this program is not perfect. instead of scrapping it entirely we should build on success and figure out how best to resolve the hou
of the u.s. debate in part of the transfers to the transitional council? >> we haven't made a decision about arming the rebels or arms transfers, so there has not been any need to discuss that at this point. we did discuss nonlethal assistance and discussed ways of trying to enable the transition national council to meet a lot of their financial needs and how we could do that through the international community, given the challenges that sanctions pose, but recognizing they obviously are going to need funds to keep themselves going. we discussed a broad range of matters and certainly their presentation, which some of you may have seen earlier today as to what kind of civil society and political structure they are trying to build until libya, are exactly in line with what they have consistently said were their goals, their commitment to democracy and to a very robust engagement with people from across the spectrum of libyans is, i think, appropriate. we do not have any specific information about specific individuals from any organization who are part of this, but, of course, we are gett
for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 230, the -- e speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 241, the nays are 179 the previous -- are 179. the previous question is ordered. the question is on the adoption of the resolion. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the preponderance of the chair, the ayes have it. >> mr. speaker, on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes bylectronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the nationalaptioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of reprentatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 251. the nays are 170. once again on this vote teas are 25
, mr. speaker, and my colleagues, that's not what american, good old u.s.a. medicine is all about. it's time, quality time spent with that doctor and maybe no prescriptions. and i yield back. ms. hayworth: it is precisely and thank you precisely the point that i'm agreeing on with you and we have all been driven to philosophically, we need to have solutions that empower our doctors, our patients and our providers to do all of them, to have the best and to do the best and consumer-based solutions are possible. our doctor's caucus is working hard on providing those ideas, real liability reform, which has to be part of this. we cannot possibly continue as we have been. that was a glarring omission from the a.c.a. but in addition, we need to recognize and appreciate and act upon the knowledge that our medical care can cost less. we do need to pay teaning to costs, but we need to pay attention to our doctors, providers, to use their best judgment, not empower something like the independent payment advisory board to make those decisions for us. that is a very dangerous thing and something t
is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: on this this 242, the nays are 177. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? mr. hensarling: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent in the engrossment of h.r. 830 the clerk be authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation and cross references and to make such other technical and conforming changes as may be necessary to accurately reflect the actions of the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute for the purpose of making an announcement to our colleagues. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. dreier: meeb, the committee on rules is scheduled to meet on tuesday, march 15, at 3:00 p.m. to grant a rule which may limit the amendment process for consideration of h.r. 839, the hamp termination act of 2011, and h.r. 861, the nsp termination act
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